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May 22, 2003


Emory University School Of Medicine Names Tristram G. Parslow As Chair Of Pathology And Laboratory Medicine

Emory University School of Medicine Dean Thomas J. Lawley, M.D., has named Tristram G. Parslow, MD, PhD, as the new chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

Prior to his Emory appointment, Dr. Parslow was vice chair of pathology and professor of pathology and microbiology and immunology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). At UCSF he had served for nearly a decade as director of the Medical Scientist (MD/PhD) Training Program and for four years as director of the immunology graduate program.

Dr. Parslow received his PhD in biochemistry and his MD at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, then completed a residency in anatomic pathology and his postdoctoral research at UCSF. He is currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the American Foundation for AIDS Research, a co-editor of the Lange Series textbook of Medical Immunology, and was, until recently, an associate editor of the Journal of Virology.

Dr. Parslow’s laboratory research is focused on understanding a wide range of viral and immunologic disorders, including congenital immunologic deficiencies, immunity to parasites, lymphoma, influenza, and HIV/AIDS. One major focus of research in his laboratory is the process called encapsidation in the HIV and influenza viruses ­­ the mechanism by which the genes of these viruses are efficiently packaged into new viral particles as they form within an infected cell. He hopes to use these findings to design more efficient viral vectors for gene therapy and in antiviral drug development.

"We are most fortunate that a scientist and educator of Dr. Parslow’s stature has joined the School of Medicine," Dean Lawley said. "The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine has a pivotal and growing role in all of our missions ­­ patient care, research and teaching, and Dr. Parslow is a proven and experienced leader who can effectively guide this large and diverse department, with its activities ranging throughout the health sciences center.

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is one of the largest departments in Emory University School of Medicine, with more than 100 faculty members in the areas of clinical, anatomic and experimental pathology. The department houses one of the nation’s largest residency training programs, fellowship training in 12 subspecialties, and clerkship opportunities for medical students.

The department provides anatomic and clinical pathology services throughout Emory Healthcare, including the Emory Medical Laboratories, a fully certified, comprehensive reference laboratory serving not only Emory Healthcare but also outside medical centers, clinics and companies both locally and nationally. Departmental faculty also receive more than $11 million annually in awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research programs, ranking 16th in the nation.

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